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Man accused of enticing minor

A Salt Lake City man was arrested after traveling to Brigham City to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl he talked to in an Internet chat room.

Instead, the 20-year-old man was talking to a Box Elder County sheriff's officer and was greeted by police.

Box Elder County sheriff's detective Scott Cosgrove, also a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, was posing as a 13-year-old girl in a chat room when he began talking to the man about 7 p.m Tuesday.

He said the man wanted to meet right away, but the two continued chatting for about two hours. In order for an arrest to be made, a suspect must specify that he wants to have sex with the minor and request a meeting.

"Once that's done you just accommodate them," Cosgrove said.

The two agreed to meet at an undisclosed location in Brigham City. The man was arrested shortly after he arrived about 11:20 p.m.

The man was booked into the Box Elder County Jail for investigation of enticing a minor over the Internet, a second-degree felony.

Detectives said Wednesday they were not aware of any previous criminal history with the man. Investigators also planned to investigate if there were any other potential victims.

"He has stated he has not been doing (chat rooms) much, but we'll look into it," Cosgrove said.

The task force tries to go online at least once a week, sometimes more, looking for people preying on young children.

"Pretty much every night that we work we get an arrest," Cosgrove said. "It's like fishing. Some nights they get away, but they always come back."


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